The 3rd Department of Internal Medicine was founded in 1909 and operated until 1936. It was re-established in 1951 and relocated twice, in 1978 and 1997. The 3rd Department of Internal Medicine is currently located in Semmelweis University’s Kútvölgyi Clinical Block and is considered one of the best-equipped multi-disciplinary clinical complexes in Hungary.
Initially, the main scientific and clinical interest of the Department was nephrology and hypertension. From 1959 to 1974 the focus of interest was shifted to the study of the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Since 1974, the main fields of clinical interest have been haematology, cardiology, diseases of metabolism and clinical immunology. In the last ten years, this has been extended to studying the clinical aspects and molecular biology of glucose, lipid and glycoprotein metabolism.
The Department has 125 beds and is regional reference centre of haematology, immunology and clinical oncology. Numerous heads of medical departments in Budapest and in the country have spent their postgraduate years at the Department. The general activities of the Department have been well established by several decades of experience and devotion to research, teaching and patient management primarily in the fields of s of metabolic diseases, oncology, haematology, immunology and cardiology.
Internal medicine is taught to medical undergraduates of the Faculty of Medicine, as well as the Faculty of Dentistry in Hungarian, English and German. Lately, three affiliated teaching units specialising in rheumatology, haemato-immunology and nuclear medicine have become involved in the education of medical undergraduates. Continuous education and training of postgraduate doctors are also part of the education activities of the Department
The high standard of research carried out by the staff of the Department has been internationally recognised. Ph.D. courses are an integral feature of the Department’s activities. Since 1997, the research laboratory of the Department has been recognised as a special research unit and supported as such by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. (www.kutlab.hu)